Gunbower bridge closed, ‘not suitable for traffic’
GUNBOWER’S Fox Island Bridge has been closed to all traffic.
Following speed and load limit restrictions placed on it in February, Campaspe Shire has closed the bridge due to further damage.
Mayor Adrian Weston said the closure was now necessary due to further inspections of the bridge revealing it had deteriorated beyond a condition suitable for any traffic.
“Council attempted to keep the bridge open with restricted access however further deterioration has occurred due to larger weight vehicles continuing to use the bridge and not using the signed detours in place,” he said.
“We tried to keep the bridge open for the community using limited weight and speed restrictions, however this has not been successful.”
The bridge is now closed to all traffic with signed detours in place. The detour options are: ■ Lovers Lane, under 1km away with a width restriction and 9-tonne weight limit.
■ Gibbon Road, 16km away, riverineherald.com.au an all-weather road 32-tonne weight limit.
In September the Federal Government announced funding of $904,200 under round three of the Bridges Renewal Program to support the replacement of Fox Island Bridge.
This funding will be matched by council so a new bridge can be built.
“Designs are now underway for the replacement bridge, with works to start in the new financial year in line with the funding guidelines,” Cr Weston said.
Works will take about four months to complete. with
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